Skills Assessment: Lesson 2 Flying Again

Tonight I remembered why I fell in love with flying.  The skies were beautiful with the sun setting on the horizon, breathtakingly peaceful.  I’m controlling an airplane at 3,000’ and below, practicing maneuvers I haven’t done in ages.  It feels good again.  I’m remembering and performing each task asked of …

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Flying the Champ: Taildragger Heaven

I walked out to the ramp to begin my preflight on the Champ.  I reached up to run my hand along the wing, and it gave under the light touch of my fingers.  I sucked in my breath and exclaimed, “It’s fabric!” I admired it and was in awe of …

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Flying Again: I’m Back!

Grabbing my flight bag from the truck; I slung it over my shoulder and closed the door.  Turning I stopped and looked at the FBO, took a depth breath and smiled.  I’m back; after two years away, I’m finally back to train again. 

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An FAA email and the Atlanta Warbirds Weekend 2016

The Atlanta Warbirds Weekend 2016, and I had planned on spending it photographing the wonderful warbirds that would be on display again this year for the Commemorative Air Force, Dixie Wing in Atlanta, Georgia.  I had planned this trip for months. I would be doing the aviation photography workshop for …

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Waiting on an FAA Review

What I had hoped to be a simple process of getting cleared to fly again, has met another speed bump on this road called life.  After being declared cancer free by my oncologist, the FAA wasn’t completely convinced, and wanted an MRI of my brain since it was the only …

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Mending a Broken Wing

I can say with some certainty that I understand how a broken winged bird must feel.  Once you’ve tasted flight, felt the wind in your wings, looked down on Earth from a clouds view, how could you live a life grounded for the rest of your days?

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Some Days It’s Enough, but Other Days I Long for More

Some days it’s enough to just look up at the sky and watch planes fly over, but other days, the pull of something more exciting calls me by name and beckons for me to come. It’s an airplane with my name on it that longs to be flown as much …

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Who put the wall in my way?

One thing about diving into flying without any preconceived ideas, is that I really had no idea what to expect when I started this adventure.  I didn’t choose to talk to anyone about what the experience would be like or what I should expect.  On one hand that has been …

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Ashley’s First Solo

Today I want to celebrate with my dear friend and fellow student pilot Ashley.  She had her first solo flight today and I couldn’t be more excited for her! We have shared many days of excitement, disappointment and frustration together.  Her solo feels like it’s as much mine as it …

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I want It as much as I want to Breathe

Have you ever wanted something so badly that it consumes every waking moment?  It might even consume your dreams as it has mine.  I want to solo so badly I can taste it.  Brent Owens says it perfectly on his blog http://iflyblog.com/2014/04/04/solo-flow/ , that “…it’s one of the few things that drives …

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